Can you BELIEVE that July is almost over!?!?!?! Summer is absolutely flying, and I wish we could pump the breaks!
Anywho, I’m in Ohio tonight for a shoot, then back to NYC tomorrow. And while I’m here, I like to COOK. Becuase a) groceries are one HECK of a lot cheaper in the midwest than they are in Manhattan. And b) my parents have a big beautiful kitchen that I can play in.
So tonight I made an especially delicious dinner.
I had just gotten home from the shoot, and after a long day…I was HUNGRY!
CUE THE PIZZA!
So, I made a Cauliflower Flatbread Pizza with Mashed Butternut Squash, Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Grapes, and Baked Beets!
It may sound like a hodge-podge of ingredient that may or may not jive together, but I PROMISE this combination of the sweet and savory is OUT OF THIS WORLD.
Plus, It’s grain and gluten free, Specific Carb Diet Friendly, Paleo, and has a vegan option!
And did I mention it’s super delicious!?!
Here’s What You Need (Serves 1-2)
1 cup cauliflower, riced
1/2 cup almond flour
1 whole egg (or 2 egg whites) * Vegan option: 2 flax or chia eggs*
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup butternut squash, cubed, roasted, then mashed
6 brussels sprouts, halved
1/2 beet, sliced thin
fresh basil (garnish)
Good chef’s knife (this is the one I use and love)
Cheese cloth (or several paper towels, or a clean kitchen towel)
2 Baking sheets
Tinfoil (I use nonstick and it’s a game changer!)
Nonstick Frying pan
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place your raw cauliflower in the food processor and process until it resembles rice. Place this riced cauliflower in several paper towels (or cheese cloth, or a clean kitchen towel) and wring out all the excess liquid. (This is a really important step for the crust to turn out correctly!)
Combine your wrung-out cauliflower rice with your egg of choice, almond flour and sea salt.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your crust dough on the baking sheet, and with another piece of parchment paper, “smoosh” out the dough until it is fairly thin, about 8 inches in diameter. Bake with the top paper on for about 20-25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
Line another baking sheet with tinfoil and spray it with olive oil. Place your beets, butternut squash and grapes on the sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
Meanwhile, pan sear your brussels sprouts by cooking them in 1 Tbsp EVOO in a frying pan with salt and pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side over medium heat.
When your butternut squash is fork-tender, take it out of the oven, and mash it with either a fork or a potato masher.
To assemble, spread your mashed butternut squash in a thin layer over the crust. Sprinkle with your sliced beets, quartered brussels sprouts, and roasted grapes on top. Garnish with chopped basil.
MY GOODNESS. What a delicious meal! I’ll tell you what, nothing beats a good flatbread pizza when you’re hungry. Especially with these fantastic flavors!
First things first: THE CRUST. Oh my gosh, guys, this is the crust of my dreams! 🙂 You can’t tell that there’s cauliflower in it. It’s just nutty and buttery, chewy and a little crunchy, and perfectly golden brown! It’s the perfect canvas for the symphony of flavors going on in the toppings!
The subtly sweet and creamy butternut squash provides a great base for the earthy sweet beets and crunch roasted brussels sprouts.
And then the roasted grapes! Holy cow. If you’ve never had roasted grapes before, consider this your personal invitation! Magic happens in the oven when you roast grapes: they become so sticky and chewy and so intensely sweet. It’s literally insane. Nature’s candy, I’m not even kidding. I could eat an entire bowl of just these:) haha (Have I convinced you yet??!)
And all together, these flavors were just so wonderful. A perfect 10!
What’s your go-to meal when hunger strikes?
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40 responses to “Roasted Veggie Flatbread Pizza!”
We had our first super hot day yesterday and then the storm rolled in. Got a couple really good pics! Summers late, and half over. https://share.icloud.com/photos/0IMxCu1gLrTgRQ3Tw4xil6t8A
Oh wow, thanks for sharing that pic! What incredible lightening! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Well, this is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s just so darn happy! Hugs and love right back to you
Aww I love finding those happy places
Yum! I want to try.
Thanks so much!! It was so yummy! Big hugs to you xox
Pizza looks amazing!
Thanks so much Cindy! It was sure tasty! Hugs and love xox
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Thanks Tonya for the link up! Hugs and love xox
Thanks!! It really was! Hugs and love xox
Thanks! It sure was tasty! Hugs and love xox
You are certainly welcome
I can only imagine how tasteful it was. This means, I must make it myself 🤗
Thanks for sharing 💜🌸
You certainly are a woman of many talents. One of my daughters lives in Ohio. Her husband works for a multinational corporation. Her eldest daughter is trying her luck modeling in NY. Not an easy profession and of short duration. Fortunately she can morph into photography when she needs to. 🙂
Oh gosh thanks Ian 🙂 oh that’s so awesome! You’re right – tough gig for sure. Best of luck to him! Hugs and love xox
Ooh that looks tasty and good for you too! <3
Thanks so much Sarah! It really was! Best of both worlds! Haha Hugs and love xox
you make me think culinary wise… could not the squash be a medium for tomato sauce, I mean in lieu of, that is, kind of replace the tomato with the squash, the consistency in your photos seems like a smear, not sauce, maybe treated on the stove like a sauce that would work… just thinking out loud here, I think squash on the grill would give a different dimension (char) but still mash it (with some olive oil)… and cook it down like good old italian “gravy” as we call it here in jersey… I think you might be on to something…
Thanks David! You’re right – great idea! Grilling it would be fabulous! Hugs and love xox
So delicious looking. Your description made me want to make some right now. Yum! Love and hugs. XOXO
Thanks so much 🙂 yeah it was pretty darn tasty!
I love a good cauliflower pizza, the crust is just amazing. I’m definitely going to try those toppings. I love the sweet and savoury combination.
Thanks so much Tina! Me too! Delicious AND healthy!! 🙂 have a great day! Hugs and love xox
Oh my YUM! The colors off that pizza just pop. This is definitely inspiring me to try making this sometime real soon.
Thanks so much Joey 🙂 I do love to eat the rainbow!!! Hugs and love xox
Oh my this is so colorful and sounds very delish!! I confess I don’t eat as healthy as you do–though I cook for myself, so that’s a plus, right? God bless you!
Thanks so much Fleur!! Oh yes definitely a plus!! Rock on!! Hugs and love xox
I LOVE your energy–must be youth as well as His Spirit within! Hugs to you from an old woman who is still young some days 🙂 <3
Aw you’re so sweet. 🥰Thank you again!!
Most welcome, always!!
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My go to meal is sometimes soup or a chicken salad. The pizza sounds amazing! The grapes do too.
Oooh those are great go-to’s! Oh yes – the grapes were hands down the best part! Hugs and love xox
Looks really tasty 😊
Thanks so much!! Hugs and love xox
That looks yummy!
Thanks so much!! It definitely was 🙂 Hugs and love xox